Tuesday, 31 March 2020

QCrime: Bihar Man Beaten to Death; 2 Held for Hurling Petrol Bomb

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COVID-19: Italy Mourns 12,428 People As Fateful Month Ends

The nation of 60 million people has recorded nearly a third of all fatalities caused by COVID-19 across the world.

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Eight Indonesians who attended Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi quarantined by police in Bijnor

Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh): Eight Indonesians who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation in the Nizamuddin area of the national capital were picked from a mosque in Nagina area here on Tuesday and were later quarantined by the local police.

Sanjay Singh, SP (Rural) said, “The Indonesians have been home-quarantined. We have registered a case against five persons of the mosque.”

Tablighi Jamaat, the religious outfit that is in eye of storm over Coronavirus

Meanwhile, in New Delhi people who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, were taken to different hospitals for a checkup.

Earlier, 24 people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event tested positive for coronavirus in the national capital.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said that the officials are not certain of the accurate number of people who participated in the event but it is being estimated that 1,500-1,700 people had assembled at the Markaz building.

Tablighi Jamaat in spotlight over Nizamuddin Markaz, an account of how it violated the law

The religious gathering was held at the Markaz building in Nizamuddin between March 13-15, that violated lockdown conditions.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 1397 on Tuesday after 146 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours across the country. The death toll due to the COVID-19 rose to 35 while 123 cases were cured or discharged after treatment, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. (ANI)

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COVID-19 myths busted: Check here

New Delhi: As the country battles the spread of COVID-19, a lot of misinformation related to the virus has been floating on social media.

From WhatsApp forwards that claim to have come from medical practitioners to self-proclaimed advisors on Twitter, there are many causing damage to the society with false information.

In an attempt to cut the clutter around the information, the Government of India has listed some of the most common myths and has busted them using information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the MyGov website.

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The most common myth which has been doing rounds is that coronavirus cannot thrive in hot temperatures and therefore, hot baths and hand dryers are helpful in killing the virus.

However, MyGov.in quoted WHO and denied any such claims. According to the organization, the virus can be transmitted in hot and humid climates and hot baths and hand dryers do not have any impact on them.

Another temperature-related myth is that snow and cold weather can kill the virus which is also false as per the information on the government website.

Though many viral diseases like dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile fever are transmitted through mosquito bites, coronavirus can only be spread through human communication.

One piece of misinformation which is harming the society in the most significant manner is that of pets and animals spreading the disease.

Getting influenced by it, many pet parents are abandoning animals in an attempt to keep themselves and their families safe.

However, both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have denied any such claims.

“CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19,” read a statement by CDC.

Another myth that is doing rounds on the internet is that consumption of certain vegetables like garlic can protect people from coronavirus but according to WHO, no such evidence has been found related to the claim.

Sterilisation which is an important precaution to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus too has a lot of misinformation surrounding it.

According to a pointer on MyGov.in, while many microorganisms can be killed through Ultraviolet light, it should not be used for sterilisation processes related to coronavirus.

Total positive COVID-19 cases in India mounts to 606: Health Ministry

Once the virus once enters the human body, it cannot be killed by sanitization on the outside of the body with alcohol or chlorine or any other solution.

Also, according to WHO, there has been no evidence that regular rinsing of the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the coronavirus.

Some other myths busted on the government website are that antibiotics can kill the virus and consumption of garlic can protect from its infection.

While garlic is healthy it cannot protect people from contracting coronavirus and antibiotics can only work against bacteria.

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the coronavirus, the WHO has asserted.

As airports, government offices and multiplexes adopted thermal scanning before letting people enter or leave the premises, a lot of people have the belief that thermal scanning can detect if the person has contracted coronavirus.

While thermal scanners can detect if people have a fever, it cannot detect whether or not someone has coronavirus.

Amidst a global healthcare crisis caused by COVID-19, there are chances of false information being spread in different parts of the country.

Therefore, verifying each piece of information from WHO and other government websites is the best way to deal with the issue.

According to the World Health Organisation, COVID-19 has affected over seven lakh people globally. (ANI)

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Google discontinues selling Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL: Report

California [USA]: Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones will no longer be available for purchase, a company spokesperson confirmed to the tech news portal, Android Police.

The 2018 flagship phones were removed from availability on the Google Store as the company has sold through the inventory and sales have completed, a report notes.

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The product listing now redirects to the Google Store homepage. However, other retailers such as B&H Photo, and Best Buy may still have the stock. (ANI)

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754,948 coronavirus cases globally, death toll at 36,571: WHO

Geneva, [Switzerland]: There are 754,948 people worldwide who have been infected with the coronavirus, announced the World Health Organization adding that 36,571 have died from it so far.

Up to 10 % of recovered coronavirus patients in Wuhan test positive again, says report
The virus has spread to more than 200 countries and territories since it emerged in China in late December, according to the latest figures published on the WHO website.

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Europe is the world’s worst-hit area, with more than half of all cases. Africa has the smallest share of confirmed infections — 0.5 per cent of the total.

WHO warns of protective gear shortage amid Coronavirus fears
The global health authority has assessed the risk from the outbreak as “very high,” after admitting that it could overwhelm the health systems of some countries. (Sputnik/ANI)

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KCR Said Telangana Will Be COVID-19-Free by 7 April, But Will It?

Within 24 hours of the CM’s statement, Telangana reported 6 deaths due to coronavirus.

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Obama Suggests Trump Team ‘Denied Warnings’ of Pandemic

The Republican leader’s government has faced stark criticism for failing to heed early global alarms.

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COVID-19: 13-Year-Old UK Boy Dies, Had No Underlying Illnesses

The boy, who died at the King’s College Hospital in London, is believed to be Britain’s youngest confirmed death.

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QChennai: CM Announces 3-Month Deferral of Property Tax, And More

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QBengaluru: State Corona Count Hits 101; 12K Fake N95 Masks Seized

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Avoidable Deaths? Remembering the Lives Lost in the Lockdown

From neglect of migrant workers to alleged police excesses, here are the causes of some deaths during the lockdown.

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Man Reaches Home in J&K’s Poonch Amid Lockdown by Faking His Death

He was admitted to Government Medical College hospital last week due to an injury.

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‘Very, very painful’ two weeks as coronavirus surge is coming: Donald Trump

Washington [US]: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans of a “very, very painful two weeks’, saying a surge in the spread of the novel coronavirus is coming while the deadly virus has already infected more than 175,000 Americans so far.

“The surge is coming and it’s coming pretty strong,” Trump said at his daily press briefing of the White House’s COVID-19 task force.

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We’re going to have a very tough two weeks” before the country sees the “light at the end of the tunnel,” Trump said. “This is going to be a very painful two weeks.”

China, where the virus is believed to have originated, has reported 3,309 deaths. Both the United States and China trail behind Italy and Spain, where 12,428 and 8,269 people infected with the novel coronavirus have died.

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Trump on Sunday (local time) announced to extend the measures under social distancing guidelines till April 30. (ANI)

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JNU entrance exam application form deadline extended due to COVID-19

New Delhi: The application deadline for Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) entrance examination has been extended in view of the lockdown imposed by the Centre to arrest the spread of the coronavirus.

“Due to the COVID-19 challenging times, the application deadline for the JNU entrance exam (JNUEE) is extended. Students can make use of this extended time to fill up the application form and prepare for JNUEE,” read a statement issued by JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar.

“Students may please visit the National Testing Agency website for the new date of the entrance exam. Wish all the JNU aspirants good luck,” Kumar added.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 1397 on Tuesday after 146 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours across the country.


The death toll due to the COVID-19 rose to 35, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. (ANI)

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COVID-19: Global Death Toll Crosses 40,000; India Cases Near 1,400

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QKolkata: 3 Deaths, 15 Positive COVID-19 Cases in A Day & More

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COVID-19 Reality Check: Bihar Doctors Wear Raincoats, Use HIV Kits

Those who are standing on the frontline to battle the coronavirus have been themselves left without any protection.

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Latest News: 6.5 Magnitude Quake Hits US State of Idaho

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QBiz: 100% Tax Rebate on PM-CARES; New Direct Tax Regime Kicks In

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QBullet: COVID-19 Cases Spike to 1,397; NREGS Wages Go Up

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No Proof That Bleach Can Be Used as Disinfectant on Humans: Expert

Doctors and experts warn against the use of sodium hypochlorite as disinfectant on humans as was done in Bareilly.

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QMumbai: No Advance Ration at One Go; State COVID-19 Count at 302

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Monday, 30 March 2020

Superhero show Shaktimaan, Chanakya to join list of reruns on DD

New Delhi: Superhero show ‘Shaktimaan’ and cult classic ‘Chanakya’ have joined the list of classic reruns on Doordarshan amid the nationwide 21-day lockdown.

The Central government has announced the rerun of ‘Shaktimaan,’ the famous serial featuring Mukesh Khanna, for 1-hour daily on DD National network from April 1 at 1 pm.

Also joining the course, ‘Chanakya’, the cult classic of 47 episodes, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, has been planned for daily telecast in the afternoon time band of DD Bharti from the first week of April.

The superhero show, ‘Shaktimaan’ that aired on DD 1 from 1997 to 2005, had a strong fanbase among children. It featured Mukesh Khanna as a photographer named ‘Pandit Gangadhar Vidhyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri,’ who worked for the newspaper ‘Aaj Ki Aawaz.’ It was later translated into different languages and aired on different channels.

The cult classic series ‘Chanakya’ is the fictionalised version of the life-history of an economist, strategist and political theorist Chanakya, who was also the royal advisor of King Chandragupta Maurya.

Earlier, the national broadcaster Doordarshan decided to re-telecast popular shows of that time ‘Circus’ starring Shah Rukh Khan, and also ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ and mythological series ‘Ramayana.’

Helmed by Vicky Aziz Mirza and Kundan Shah ‘Circus’ was one of Shah Rukh Khan’s earliest roles. It also starred Pawan Malhotra, Renuka Shahane, and Ashutosh Gowariker, in a significant role.

DD National’s social media handle also announced the return of Rajit Kapur-starrer ‘Byomeksh Bakshi.’

Ramanand Sagar directed ‘Ramayana’ was a popular serial in the late 1980s. The series featured Arun Govil as Ram, Deepika Chikhalia as Sita and Sunil Lahri as Lakshman.

Late Dara Singh portrayed Hanuman and Arvind Trivedi was featured as Ravana. The show was originally telecast from January 25, 1987, to July 31, 1988. (ANI)

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6 Telangana persons who attended religious prayer in Delhi die due to COVID-19

Hyderabad (Telangana): Six persons from Telangana who attended a religious prayer meeting from March 13-15 at Markaz in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi, have died of coronavirus, Telangana Chief Minister’s office (CMO) said on Monday.

The government appealed to all those who had attended the Markaz prayers in Delhi to inform the authorities.
“All those, who went for the Markaz prayers in Delhi should inform authorities. The government would conduct tests and offer treatment to them free of cost. Anyone who has information about them should alert the government and authorities,” the Medical and Health Department of Telangana stated in a statement.

200 people from Nizamuddin area taken for Covid-19 test after 7 report positive, area sealed

Two persons died in Gandhi Hospital while one each died in Apollo, Global Hospital, Nizamabad and in Gadwal.

There are 69 active cases of COVID-19 in Telangana and the death toll has reached seven in the state. One person was discharged after being treated, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday.

200 people from Nizamuddin area taken for Covid-19 test after 7 report positive, area sealed

The Union Home Ministry said the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 32 and the number of total coronavirus cases to 1,251 as on Monday. There are 1117 active cases in the country with the state of Kerala contributing the highest number of cases which stands at 202. (ANI)

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Facebook pledges USD 100 million to support news industry

California [USA]: Facebook announced that it will provide more financial support for the news industry working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The investment fund includes USD 25 million in emergency grant funding for local news through the Facebook Journalism Project and USD 75 million in additional marketing spend, the official blog notes.

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The first round of the grants went to 50 local newsrooms in the US and Canada. Publishers used the grant to support coverage through covering travel costs, remote work capabilities and hiring freelance reporters.

Facebook is working on providing support to publishers most in need in the hardest-hit countries. (ANI)

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Hero Group pledges Rs 100 cr for COVID-19 relief efforts

New Delhi: As India fights the coronavirus outbreak, the Hero Group has pledged Rs 100 crore towards the relief efforts.

Hero MotoCorp to invest Rs 10,000 crore in next-gen mobility solutions
The Group, which includes the country’s largest two-wheeler Hero MotoCorp, on Monday said in a statement that half of this sum, Rs 50 crore, will be contributed to the PM-CARES Fund and the remaining Rs 50 crore will be spent in other relief efforts.

Hero MotoCorp to invest Rs 10,000 crore in next-gen mobility solutions

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Sale of petroleum has come down to 15 % due to lockdown, says BPCL officer

Mumbai (Maharashtra): In the wake of lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak the sale of petroleum products has come down to 15 per cent, said M Somasundaram, a senior official of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) said on Monday.

“The requirement of petroleum has come down drastically to only 10-15 per cent. To meet the market demand, our depot is now only operating every alternate day,” Somasundaram told ANI.


He said that two teams of employees have been made to meet the requirments arising out of the situation.

Jitesh Joshi, Operations Officer, said that every worker’s temperature is checked and hands sanitised before they are allowed to enter the depot.

“For drivers and cleaners we have three layers of protection system – thermal sensing, hand sanitisation and washing hands with a solution for 20 seconds,” said Kundu Prakash, HSSE Assistant Manager.

Due to the lockdown, the staff at the BPCL retail outlets have been provided masks and sanitisers and truck drivers are getting food packets, he added.

The 21-day lockdown in the country to prevent spread of coronavirus was declared on Tuesday. (ANI)

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QChennai: Over 22K Lockdown Violators Arrested in One Week & More

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Amid Lockdown, Some Good ‘Hoomans’ Tend to Stray Animals

Good samaritans have taken it upon themselves to feed stray animals amid the lockdown over coronavirus outbreak.

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QCrime: 19-Yr-Old Stabs Brother; Man Beaten to Death in Vile Parle

A round-up of crime news from across India.

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Amid Lockdown, Citizens Help Hungry, Stranded Migrant Workers

Migrant workers walked huge distances to reach their hometowns. En route, some Good Samaritans came to their rescue.

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PM-CARES Fund A ‘Self-Aggrandising’ Initiative: Ramachandra Guha

Guha retweeted a thread of tweets by Advocate Manoj.

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In Fight Against Coronavirus, Should India Take a Cue from China?

China prioritised building State capacity over military power – this allowed it to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.

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Shortage of Workers, Trucks a Huge Challenge for FMCG Companies

Despite manpower shortage, there’ll be steady supply of essentials with stocks okay for up to 3 weeks, firms said.

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QMumbai: GPS to Map Corona High-Risk Zones; 220 Cases in the State

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QBengaluru: Two-Wheelers Without Pass Banned Across State & More

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Unable to Harvest & Sell Crops, Farmers Bear the Brunt Of Lockdown

Farmers fear that if they can’t harvest crops during lockdown, they will be destroyed in the fields. 

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People who attended prayer at Nizamuddin to undergo test for coronavirus

New Delhi: People who attended a religious prayer meeting from March 13-15 at Markaz in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi were sent to Lok Nayak Hospital for coronavirus test on Monday night.

After Delhi witnessed 87 coronavirus cases, Nizamuddin emerged as a hotspot after a religious meeting was held at Markaz by the Tableeghi Jamaat earlier this month, violated the lockdown conditions and several COVID-19 positive cases have been found among those who attended the gathering.

There are 79 active cases of COVID-19 in Delhi as on Monday night, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

200 people from Nizamuddin area taken for Covid-19 test after 7 report positive, area sealed

A 21-day lockdown is in force in the country as a measure to combat COVID-19.

Six persons from Telangana who attended the religious prayer in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, have died of coronavirus, Telangana Chief Minister’s office (CMO) said on Monday.

The government appealed to all those who had attended the Markaz prayers in Delhi to inform the authorities.

“All those, who went for the Markaz prayers in Delhi should inform authorities. The government would conduct tests and offer treatment to them free of cost. Anyone who has information about them should alert the government and authorities,” the Medical and Health Department of Telangana stated in a statement.

200 people from Nizamuddin area taken for Covid-19 test after 7 report positive, area sealed

Two persons died in Gandhi Hospital while one each died in Apollo, Global Hospital, Nizamabad and in Gadwal.

There are 69 active cases of COVID-19 in Telangana and the death toll has reached seven in the state. One person was discharged after being treated, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday.

The Union Home Ministry said the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 32 and the number of total coronavirus cases to 1,251 as on Monday. There are 1117 active cases in the country with the state of Kerala contributing the highest number of cases which stands at 202. (ANI)

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COVID-19: Death Toll Reaches 32; Cases Increase to 1,251

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Exodus Due to Lockdown: Man Walking From Delhi to MP Dies in Agra

The nationwide lockdown has created a mass exodus of workers. A delivery agent from Delhi walking to MP died in Agra

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COVID-19: K’taka District Shut Due to 10 Cases & No Travel History

Karnataka health officials said they suspected the virus could’ve come from parcels from China or from a traveller.

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QBiz: Forecasters See Bleak Outlook for FY21; Trouble for FMCG Cos

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Latest News: US Renews 4 Nuclear Restrictions on Iran for 60 Days

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QKolkata: North Bengal’s First COVID-19 Patient Dies & More

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QBullet: 227 New Cases; 6 Die of COVID-19 Post Delhi Prayer Meet

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Sunday, 29 March 2020

India’s Sporting Heroes on Police Duty Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

T20 World Cup-winning cricketer Joginder Sharma and kabaddi player Ajay Thakur are now full-time police officers.

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Why IPL 2020 Can’t be Postponed?

The BCCI had earlier decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15 April following the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Gautam Gambhir Donates Rs 1 Crore to PM CARES Fund

Apart from the Rs 1 crore, Gautam Gambhir also donated his one month’s salary to the central relief fund.

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COVID-19: Employee of Air India Subsidiary Tests Positive

She had handled the last arriving flight of Air India before flights were temporarily suspended by the government.

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Dhoni Wanted to Earn Rs 30 Lakh & Live Peacefully: Wasim Jaffer

Wasim Jaffer recalls the time MS Dhoni wanted to just earn Rs 30 lakh and live in Ranchi.

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6 doctors, 4 nurses of RML sent for quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 patient

New Delhi: Six doctors and four nurses of Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital have been sent for quarantine after they were exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient, officials said.

A chronic kidney disease (CKD) patient was admitted in medicine unit-2 for treatment. However, he was likely a COVID-19 patient, officials told ANI.

Up to 10 % of recovered coronavirus patients in Wuhan test positive again, says report

After the patient tested positive for coronavirus, about six doctors and four nurses have been sent for quarantine immediately, they said.

Meanwhile, the patient has now been shifted to the isolation ward for COVID-19 treatment.

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had earlier reported a total of 1024 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India and 27 deaths due to the deadly virus. (ANI)

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US will not pay for Harry, Meghan Markle’s security: Donald Trump

Washington [US]: The United States will not pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s security if they move to America, said President Donald Trump on Sunday.


Trump tweeted Sunday in response to reports that the royal couple had moved to Los Angeles.

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I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay,” Trump tweeted.

Earlier this year, the couple had announced that they would step back from their royal family roles and earned the support of Queen Elizabeth II. They had said they would split their time between North America and the UK. (ANI)

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Struggling to Get Tested for COVID-19: Doctor Tweets to Punjab CM

Pariminder Kaur said she is suffering from high fever, chest pain, cough, and symptoms related to COVID-19.

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ICC Lauds Cricketer-Turned Cop Joginder Sharma Amid Health Crisis

Sharma is currently posted in Hisar as India observes a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

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How Does a Postponed Olympics Affect India’s Medal Prospects?

What does the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics mean for India’s medal hopes?

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Amazon Quiz Answers 30 March: Chance To Win An Exciting Prize

Amazon Quiz Questions and Answers For 30 March 2020

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QBengaluru: COVID-19 Cases at 83; Mysuru Mart Blocks NE Students

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QCrime: Labourer Kills Wife in Ludhiana; Man Held for Raping Minor

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Provide Free Call Services For Migrant Labourers: Priyanka Gandhi

She wrote to Airtel chief Sunil Bharti Mittal, Reliance chief Mukesh Ambani, and heads of BSNL and Vodafone.

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QChennai: State Tally Hits 50; Docs Offer Free Tele-Consultation

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Global COVID-19 tally surpasses 634,000, toll approaches 30,000: WHO

Geneva, [Switzerland]: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has reached 634,835, among them 29,957 fatalities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday.

Over the past 24 hours, 63,159 people were confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus and 3,464 people died, the WHO said.

Up to 10 % of recovered coronavirus patients in Wuhan test positive again, says report

According to the latest situation report, the majority of the confirmed cases – more than 361,000 – are presently concentrated in Europe, with Italy leading the tally with over 92,000 cases, followed by Spain with over 72,000 cases, and Germany with over 52,000 cases. Italy and Spain are also the countries that top the worldwide death toll from COVID-19, with 10,023 and 5,690 fatalities, respectively.

The second most affected region is currently the Americas with over 120,000 verified COVID-19 cases, of which the majority – over 103,000 – have been found in the United States. The US is also the country with the highest single tally of COVID-19 cases at the moment.

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The WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. (Sputnik/ANI)

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COVID-19: 23 Fresh Cases in Delhi in a Day, Total Rises to 72

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QMumbai: Migrants Unclear on Accessing Ration; Air Pollution Dips

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Latest News: FIR Lodged Against Cong MLA Shailesh Pandey

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QKolkata: Army Doctor, 2 Others Test Positive for COVID-19 & More

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Man Suffering from COVID-19 Dies in J&K, Death Toll Rises to Two

A 65-year-old man who had tested positive for the coronavirus died at a hospital on Sunday.

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Combating Corona: BCCI to give Rs 51 crores to PM-CARES Fund

Mumbai (Maharashtra): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah and office-bearers along with the affiliated state associations on Saturday announced to donate Rs 51 crores to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to “strengthening the nation’s disaster management capacities and encourage research to combat COVID-19”.

“The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-1) is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times,” the BCCI said in a statement.
The Board along with its state associations will continue to monitor and work closely with the Government of India, state governments and other state regulatory bodies and are committed to providing support to the state machinery in the face of adversity.

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Earlier, Indian cricketer Suresh Raina pledged to donate Rs 31 lakhs to PM-CARES Fund and Rs 21 to UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund to aid the battle against COVID-19.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi created Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund and appealed all the countrymen to show there support for the cause.

On Friday, former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has donated Rs 25 lakh each to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra’s Relief Fund to aid the battle against COVID-19.


Various athletes have come forward to help the country in its fight against the coronavirus. Among them is Indian sprinter Hima Das, who on Thursday said that she will donate a month’s salary to the Assam government’s coronavirus relief fund.

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, and wrestler Bajrang Punia have also contributed their bit for the cause.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), there are 873 confirmed cases of coronavirus cases in the country and 19 fatalities have been reported. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. (ANI)

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The man makes me proud: Twinkle on Akshay’s decision to donate Rs 25 cr

New Delhi: Minutes after actor Akshay Kumar pledged to donate Rs 25 crore from his savings to the PM’s relief fund, wife Twinkle Khanna has nothing but all good words for the decision.

The 46-year-old actor took to Twitter handle to share how much her husband makes her proud.

In the tweet, the ‘Barsaat’ actor recalled the conversation they had regarding the decision of making a ‘massive amount’ of donation.

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“The man makes me proud. When I asked him if he was sure as it was such a massive amount and we needed to liquidate funds, he just said — ‘I had nothing when I started and now that I am in this position, how can I hold back from doing whatever I can for those who have nothing,” she tweeted.

The appreciation post came in after the ‘Kesari’ actor went online to pledge to contribute Rs 25 crore from his savings to the Prime Minister’s relief fund set up to fight against the novel coronavirus.

The actor has been making the complete use of social media platforms to raise awareness about the coronavirus and was also seen urging people to take the government’s advisory of self-isolation seriously amid the rising cases of the virus.

The country is in a three-week lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which according to the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, has claimed 19 lives so far and infected 873 people. (ANI)

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45-year-old COVID-19 patient dies in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad (Gujarat): A 45-year-old COVID-19 patient died in Ahmedabad on Sunday, said Health and Welfare Department, Gujarat.

“A 45-year-old COVID-19 patient died today in Ahmedabad. He was suffering from diabetes,” said an official from the Health and Family Welfare Department.

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With this, five deaths of COVID-19 patients have been reported from the state.

According to an update by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on March 28, there were 918 confirmed cases of coronavirus cases in the country.

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COVID-19: Google CEO Sundar Pichai announces over USD 800 million to support SMBs, crisis response

California [USA]: Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has announced the company’s new commitment to support SMBs, health organisations and governments, and health workers, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In an official blog, Pichai announced a new USD 800 plus million commitment.

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The blog also cited an amount of “USD 250 million in ad grants to help the World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 100 government agencies globally to provide critical information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other measures to help local communities.”

USD 20 million will be provided in ad grants to community financial institutions and NGOs, while USD 340 million in Google Ads credits will be available to all SMBs with active accounts over the past year. A USD 200 million investment fund is aimed at supporting NGOs and financial institutions around the world to help provide small businesses with access to capital.

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The company is also providing USD 20 million in Google Cloud credits for academic institutions and researchers to study the pandemic. Grants aside, Google is also working with Magid Glove & Safety to ramp up the production of 2-3 million face masks in the coming weeks. (ANI)

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With Over 80 Cases, Kerala’s Kasaragod Becomes Hotbed of COVID-19

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US confirms over 121,000 COVID-19 cases, toll surpasses 2,000

Washington [US]: There are now more than 121,100 coronavirus cases in the United States and the death toll from COVID-19 in the country has surpassed 2,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

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New York City alone has recorded 517 deaths from COVID-19. Over 100 fatalities have been reported elsewhere in New York state. King County (Washington) has 136 coronavirus deaths registered.

More than 960 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the United States.

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The United States is now the country with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Italy and China are second and third, respectively. (Sputnik/ANI)

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BSF officer posted at quarantine centre in MP found positive for COVID-19

Tekanpur (Madhya Pradesh): A BSF officer, who was posted as a supervisory officer at a BSF quarantine centre in Madhya Pradesh’s Tekanpur has tested positive for COVID-19.

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“He attended four meetings from March 15-19 where he met other ADG and IG rank officers. His wife returned from UK 15 days ago. All officers and his wife are under quarantine now,” BSF said.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), there are 918 confirmed cases of coronavirus cases in the country and 19 fatalities have been reported. (ANI)

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Lockdown without thinking about welfare of India’s vast majority is plain cruelty: Owaisi

Hyderabad ( Telangana): AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has slammed the government over the movement of hundreds of migrant workers from Delhi and said that a lockdown without thinking about the welfare of India’s vast majority is plain “cruelty”.

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“What kind of a Central lockdown is this where migrants from are allowed to travel while others aren’t? If the govt can bus back Delhi’s UP migrants, should @TelanganaCMO also aid the stranded migrants from Bihar UP West Bengal & Jharkhand who want to return, by bussing them back?” Owaisi tweeted.

“What uniform policy is this where migrants in Delhi are being bussed while stranded migrants in Telangana are left with no bank account, no ration card and no safety net? If UP can take back its migrants, should Telangana also do the same?” he said in another tweet.

He also tweeted: “State governments of UP, WB & Bihar are doing nothing to aid these stranded migrants. You cannot “play it by the ear” with people’s lives. A lockdown without thinking about the welfare of India’s vast majority is plain cruelty”.

In Telangana, eight people on Saturday tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total cases in the state to 67 including one death.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) had earlier said there are 918 confirmed cases of coronavirus cases in the country and 19 died due to the virus. (ANI)

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PM Modi to Talk COVID-19 in His First ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Amid Lockdown

He tweeted that the episode will be focused on the situation prevailing due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 in Paramilitary Forces: BSF Officer, CISF Jawan Infected 

Over two dozen BSF personnel who came in contact with the BSF jawan have been sent to quarantine.

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Corona Curfew: Police Shouldn’t Use Force, Except in Self-Defence

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PM to focus on prevailing COVID-19 situation in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will address the 63rd edition of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ at 11 am amid nationwide lockdown in the country in the view of novel coronavirus.

Today’s episode will focus on the situation prevailing in the country in the wake of COVID-19.

“Tune in tomorrow at 11. Tomorrow’s episode will be focused on the situation prevailing due to COVID-19. #MannKiBaat,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Saturday.

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During his address to the nation on March 24, the Prime Minister announced a 21-day nationwide to contain the spread of the deadly virus. He said that “social distancing” is the only option to deal with the disease, which spreads rapidly.

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Prime Minister had said that the world is going through a serious phase and citizens have fought the novel coronavirus epidemic firmly. He also requested senior citizens to remain indoors for the next few weeks.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) had earlier said there are 918 confirmed cases of coronavirus cases in the country and 19 died due to the virus.

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Delhi Police issue advisory on cyber crime threat amid coronavirus outbreak

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Saturday issued an advisory regarding cybercrimes in the wake of coronavirus, warning people against fraudulent schemes.

Delhi Police issue advisory on cyber crime threat amid coronavirus outbreak

The advisory issued by the Police warned people against falling prey to online frauds, telephone frauds and phishing. Listing the do’s and don’ts for people, the advisory read, “Avoid opening suspicious e-mails and clicking on unverified coronavirus related links circulated on social messaging apps, emails, etc.”

It also read, “Use strong passwords and multi-level authentication option for social media and banking activities; and people need to check the credentials of charity fund before donating money.”

“If you become a victim, ensure you alert Delhi Police immediately,” the advisory read. (ANI)

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Instagram announces live music festival for stay-at-home concert

New Delhi: Regular concert-goers stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic can look forward to Instagram’s live music festival.

As the official release notes, the ‘Live in your living room’ festival will see popular Indian artists including Armaan Malik, Naezy and Lisa Mishra performing Live on Instagram on March 29.

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The live festival will begin from 5 pm (IST) and go on until midnight. There will be 14 artists who will use IG Live for a slot of 30 minutes.

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They will go live from their respective Instagram accounts and perform from their homes for the Instagram audience. (ANI)

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Risking lives of millions, Pak spreading coronavirus in Islamic countries

New Delhi: Pakistan which has coronavirus trajectory worse than Italy’s, and a deteriorated healthcare setup, has risked millions of lives recently by permitting a congregation of a quarter of a million Muslims in Lahore from different parts of the world amid coronavirus outbreak.

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At a time when countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia are banning religious gatherings, Pakistan has not taken any such action and allowed an event organized by the local Tableeghi Jamaat Tableeghi Ijtema [literally “a congregation for outreach”].

On Sunday, the Gaza strip reported its first two cases of coronavirus. The two Palestinian men had recently returned from Pakistan after attending the event. They were among the 250,000 people that gathered in Lahore from March 10-15.

Pakistan has reported over 1300 cases and the country is totally ignorant about the rising number of cases. Journalist Kunwar Khuldune Shahid wrote in Hareetz that Pakistan might end up becoming a “super-spreader of the COVID-19” in the world.

“Pakistan’s numbers are prodigiously underreported, one can only imagine the actual gravity of the spread that might have been caused by the millions who came together for the latest Friday prayers,” wrote Shahid.

While Iran had canceled the weekly Friday prayers and Saudi Arabia had suspended the Umrah pilgrimage by the end of February, the Pakistani government was still “dillydallying” over forestalling a gathering of over a quarter of a million people in the country’s second-most populous city.

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On March 12, the organizers were asked to disband the assembly, but only after around 250,000 people had already assembled in camps in preparation for the event. “The reason cited for the closure of the event wasn’t the fact that the world is in the midst of a pandemic which will completely change the global order – it was ‘rainy weather’,” wrote Shahid.

Shahid said that the clergies in Pakistan are not paying heed to calls for social distancing. What is worse is that government inaction against these clergies.

At a time when Iran has shut down the holiest Shia sites, Saudi Arabia has banned prayers at mosques – including the two holiest in Islam – and numerous Muslim countries like Turkey, UAE, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, among others have closed mosques, Pakistan allowed the Friday prayers on March 20, nationwide.

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No action is being taken against clerics spreading lies about the cure of coronavirus on national television. Prominent Deobandi cleric Muhammad Taqi Usmani revealed on national TV that Prophet Muhammad had come in the dream of a Tableeghi Jamaatmember and “shared the cure for coronavirus.” The cure was the recital of certain Quranic verses.

More than 1,300 positive cases of novel coronavirus have been reported from Pakistan till now, with Sindh trailing behind the Punjab Province in tally.

Twenty-nine new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Punjab on Friday, taking the tally to 448 in the province, according to a spokesperson for the Punjab health department, DAWN reported.

Punjab now has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country, overtaking Sindh’s total of 440. (ANI)

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Coronavirus cases in US cross 100,000 mark

New Delhi: The number of coronavirus cases within the United States has now crossed the 100,000 mark, the Johns Hopkins University real-time tracker revealed.

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The number has now reached 100,717, according to the data updated on Friday, a day after the United States surpassed China in coronavirus case count.

Official COVID-19 tally is lower. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US has 85,356 cases and 1,246 deaths. (ANI)

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Coronavirus outbreak LIVE UPDATES: 834 active COVID-19 cases in India, 19 dead

New Delhi: The total number of active COVID-19 cases in the country has climbed to 748, including 67 cured, discharged and migrated cases and 19 deaths, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

COVID-19 outrbreak LIVE UPDATES: 748 active COVID-19 cases in India, says Health Ministry

So far 15,24,266 passengers have been screened at various airport. The highest number of positive coronavirus cases were reported from Kerala followed by Maharashtra. While there are 176 COVID-19 cases in Kerala, Maharashtra has 153 cases till March 27.

On Friday, Union Home Ministry’s Joint Secretary, Punya Salila Srivastava said that all States and Union Territories (UTs) have been requested to take immediate steps to provide adequate support, including food and shelter, to migrant agricultural labourers, industrial workers and other unorganised sector workers during the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

“States and Union Territories have been requested to make arrangements for food, water and sanitation for the migrant labourers. Hotels and rented accommodation should stay open and functional while taking all the COVID-19 precautions,” she said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country effective from midnight to deal with the spread of coronavirus, saying that “social distancing” is the only option to combat the disease. (ANI)

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